Seniors Month to boost social connections

Queensland Government media release

Older Queenslanders are set to enjoy greater social connections during Queensland Seniors Month with a vivid array of engaging events and colourful activities planned across the state.

Hosted by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland with funding from the Queensland Government, Queensland Seniors Month will provide opportunities for people across all generations to connect while challenging stereotypes around ageing.

Seniors Month kicks off on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (1 October) and includes Grandparents Day on 29 October.

Eighty-one community organisations have received a grant of up to $2,000 to host events and activities throughout the month.

The third annual Seniors Month celebrations will see our older Queenslanders snapping selfies, bowling barefoot and connecting through croquet as communities around the state get involved.

With the 2021 Census showing almost 20% of Queenslanders are aged over 65, Seniors Month is an important time for people across all generations to better understand the challenges and opportunities older Queenslanders provide.

A signature event of the month is the South East Queensland Seniors Forum (5 October), a partnership between the Queensland Government and COTA Queensland that will discuss what matters to older people in Queensland.

At the forum, seniors, leaders in the community, government and industry will hear from experts about the issues and opportunities for older people, and receive information about supports and services available.

A highlight will be a presentation by renowned demographer Bernard Salt AM, providing an exclusive update on the key demographic changes affecting seniors in Queensland.

Last year’s Seniors Month celebration set a record for the number of events held, with 1581 events registered in the online calendar, engaging an estimated 146,171 people.

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